Gah! Sorry for the late reply. My week was filled writing a review by request of HR regarding my experiences working under my CO who’s an absolute asshole. And then rewriting it, and writing it again, and again, so it sounds like I’m not about to one morning just lay him out for his shit. Of course I had to blow off some steam last night too!
I couldn’t agree more. However, it is an integral part of the culture and shouldn’t be dismissed. Mostly, because it’s a defining facet of FOSS culture much like food is a defining facet of many other cultures. I love Mexican food and the cantina experience, but I’m not about to move there (nothing against Mexico, just cultural bias to what I’m used to if you will) But no, Joe and Jane six pack probably don’t give too much of a sh*t how the kernel communicates with the file system, etc. and, frankly, I don’t either.
What I do care about is the social movement that is GNU and Free software. I care about the small cuts attempted at my overall freedoms and rights in general society daily too. I’m concerned about our increasingly gamified culture in general. It’s like we’re at the dawning of a new globalist empire where might makes right… and might is so very easily manipulated for profit. There’s a certain element of learned helplessness present I also can’t comprehend. The hacker ethos is inherent in our community. For the most part, less the …uh…4 channyness. I mean, it’s sadly there too, but over all everything is not about using technology to mete aggressions. It’s more a whimsical and altruistic resistance My favorite freedom from the four essential software freedoms is Freedom number 2 because of the last line “so you can help your neighbour”. Yeah, I’m definitely more hippy than hacker and think we should stop pandering only to a certain mindset (the Pragmatic) if we are to grow. I mean, I get gate keeping and why people do it…but I’m too busy playing to give a shit (mind you there’s certain places I just observe rather than participate to avoid taking up time/resources needlessly from those already beyond busy). There are other mindsets in FOSS and, as with any mindset, they translate to other areas of our lives.
For example, I remember reading a book , Seeds of Deception, and thinking to myself “Geez, food activists so need something similar to the Free software movement stat!” From finding round up ready gut flora in cadavers, laws criminalizing the mere video recording of factory farms, all the way to colony collapse disorder; Our food supply is currently a shit show that no one wants to admit 1. Because it’s damn scary,and 2. Because it’s mostly proprietary, a closed culture of scientists doing sciency things believed to be impossibly above the heads of the average person. Yeah, well, I don’t need to be Matthew Garrett to understand I would like my software to do what I wish, that I don’t want software or an operating system that tries to direct my computing experience like a sheep dog nipping at my ankles to herd me towards whatever is most profitable, etc. etc. and think others should have that right too. I also don’t think I should have to hold a doctorate and be employed by Monsanto or Kraft/Phillip Morris to be given an opportunity to read a label that actually tells me what I am putting in my body and what it’s doing once there. It’s my body!, so yeah even though I am an unskilled worker, I will worry my pretty little head. Sure, that attitude can be described as “not pragmatic”, but it’s the one I learned from the Free software movement and one I see getting results for people like me within the context of computing daily. Thanks to everyone involved, btw <3
Of course drawing a parallel between the politics of software and food is guestimated at best, but it does give one pause to think where our experience of computing would be today if Stallman hadn’t wanted to print something 30 + years ago. I don’t think it’s appreciated just how successful the Free software social movement has been and is Are corporate biologists/chemists, etc. exposed to anything similar today? Do they ever stop to think that perhaps maybe it’s possible that secretly doing everything the company asks of them is not always being a saviour of humanity? Do they know anyone who has adopted the mindset of Free software? Anyone who questions the source of something naturally and wants to see for themselves (and that curiosity for ‘no reason’ is OK), anyone who believes they should have the right to know what things are doing and don’t feel like they’re overstepping wanting to avoid/change them to better suit their needs? … or do friends and family of corporate scientists just “mind their own business” (as if what happens to our bodies and survival as a planet somehow isn’t!) because they don’t know that they’re not helpless and no one is telling them they can and should say something?
I think the FOSS culture is greatly enhanced by the Free software social movement aspect of it and is a mindset/ideology that mindset can lead revolutions elsewhere too…so we can help our neighbours. There are others who are not programmers, community leaders, lawyers, writers, etc. etc. around it too. People who were once respectfully asked to really think about their computing (i.e. how often do we now communicate by keyboard or touch pad rather than our own voices?) and are assured that, no, they are not just helpless consumers who must take what ever is given. They just need to be asked kindly. There needs to be more non-technical users who know their four software Freedoms: For the benefit of FOSS and also humanity as a whole. Every little bit helps
Of course awesome hardware options and awesome software are appreciated, I’m just pointing out that Freedom is a thing we offer that can’t be found on any other platform
I’m not from the US, so afraid I’m not completely clear on who mopar are,
Neither am I (yet they are a North American company so I see your point). Mopar is a brand of parts for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep products. They’re very well positioned in the tuner market (sponsorship of club drives, ads at drag strips, etc. etc.)